beluga whale rescued from the Seine River

Beluga Whale Rescued From the Seine River Died

The beluga whale rescued from the Seine River had to be euthanizedSince August 2nd, the beluga whale has been roaming the Seine River, which has nothing sufficient for the whale to eat. Rescue efforts were made to help feed the whale, but it refused the food. The longer the whale stayed in the river, the weaker it got. 

After a week, and six hours of working on rescuing the whale, the team of 80 people finally completed the task. Once the whale was placed on a barge, it was examined. According to the veterinarians that treated the whale, it was insufficiently ventilated. The whale was suffering and lost a lot of weight. It was all least 400kg underweight. They did not believe the whale would have survived once released back into the ocean. 

Beluga Whale in Seine River

Beluga whales live in the Arctic, yet this one was swimming in the French river, far from it. What is causing these beautiful animals to stray from their homes and environment? According to scientists, this has to do with climate change. In the past 30 years, the oldest ice in the Arctic has melted 95%. This has in turn, opened up more waterways for fishing and shipping. These human activities’ noise has confused the whales and sent them in different directions. Finding food in these areas is also becoming scarce now. 

This beluga whale rescued from Seine River did not go as planned. It took the team over a week to save it and when they finally did, it had to be euthanized. This is not the first animal lost in the Seine River and it won’t be the last. If the sea ice keeps melting at the current rate, more mammals will be swimming in the river, having the same dreadful end.

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